Tzadikim

Rabbi Chaim Abulafia

Kabbalist, head of the Jewish court in Tveria (Tiberias).

Born: 1660, Hebron
Died: 1744 in Tveria (Tiberias), Eretz Yisrael, 1744
 

Torah commentator, kabbalist, talmudist.

Rabbi Chaim Abulafia was a rabbinical authority. He was the grandfather of Hayyim ben David Abulafia and grandson of Isaac Nissim aben Gamil. Abulafia was a rabbi in Smyrna, where he instituted many wholesome regulations. In his old age (1740) he restored the Jewish community in Tiberias

  1. "Mikrae Kodesh" (Holy Convocations), Smyrna, 1729, containing treatises on Biblical and Talmudical themes;
  2. "Yosef Lekach" (Increase of Learning), Smyrna, 1730–32, a work in three volumes on the Pentateuch;
  3. "Yashresh Ya'akob" (Jacob Will Take Root), Smyrna, 1729; and
  4. "Shebut Ya'akob" (The Captivity of Jacob), Smyrna, 1733, an elaborate commentary on the haggadic compilation "'Ein Yaakov," by Jacob ibn Habib and others.

May the merit of the tzaddik Rabbi Chaim ben Atar  protect us all, Amen.

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